wilderness x lululemon

Wilderness makes you better.

“Wilderness Collective creates legendary outdoor experiences for those ready to embrace the wild. This collaboration inspires you to unplug, enjoy the journey, and reconnect to what matters.”

Worlds collided when the new Wilderness x lululemon collaboration launched last week. You see, about 7 years ago, I started reading Darling Magazine when they launched in 2012. I was completely obsessed with the beautiful print and layout that had become so rare in our digital age. I dreamed about working for them, helping put their intentional layout together in their cute DTLA office (when I still lived half a world away).

Fast forward to last week, when the product dropped in stores and the Wilderness magazine sat on our table in fits. I finally put two and two together – this was the men’s offshoot of Darling Magazine. I honestly got goosebumps. It’s like a little bit of that “way out there dream” collided with my “right now dream”.

Yesterday, I had the honor of joining 45 new friends on a hike in the mountains, putting the new Wilderness x lululemon line to the test. You can see for yourself, but I’d say it was up for the challenge.

So, here’s to hiking and dreaming and unexpected connections. To the reality of now and the dreams of tomorrow, and the space between where they coexist. Here’s to Wilderness making us all better.

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Shop: Wilderness x lululemon
Hike: Stonewall Peak
Post-Party: Julian Beer Co.

need you more

Do you ever have those moments when you think back and wonder whether the last 3 months even happened?

Time seems to be passing more quickly than every before and months have gone by in the blink of an eye.

These last few months have been filled with transitions – work, home, church – but it’s been oh, so sweet. To think of where I was just three short months ago completely blows me away. How life can change before you even realize which way is up.

Work: I started working as an Outreach Coordinator for a small-ish, local non-profit that works to support individuals who support military service members and veterans. It’s been a learning curve working with a population I have little experience with, but it’s also opened my eyes to a new passion and interest. I even wrote my final paper of my undergrad on this topic. It’s definitely something I want to dig more into moving forward – both academically and professionally.

Home: I moved to a cute little apartment in a more central area of San Diego and I love it. As long as I’ve lived on my own, this is the first time I had my own space with roommates. Up to this point I’ve always lived with a family or couple, so it’s been fun making the space my own – although it has a LONG way to go. While I’m not home much, it’s nice to have a place to come back to everyday.

Church: Goodness, this has probably been the most unexpected piece – though I’m not sure why. Ever since moving to San Diego, I’ve been trying to find a church community to pour into and intentionally build community in. I started going to a church shortly after moving where I met some AMAZING friends and plugged into a small corner of the church community. I just never quite felt settled there – which looking back was probably  preparation for the change and transitions coming throughout the following months (or year, really). My attendance was scattered and I never fully invested myself there. After a series of moves all over the county and some time of reflection and prayer – I decided to go back to that church up north and DIVE IN. I’m an all or nothing kind of person, and I finally just decided I need to be all in. I’ve only been back about a month-and-a-half, but I’m so thankful to be there.

Y’all, that’s really just the tip of the iceberg. The Lord has been doing amazing things. He’s been revealing things to me that I’ve been oblivious to or avoiding for longer than I’d like to admit. I’m seeing Him do beautiful things in the lives of my friends, my family, and the church community I’m surrounded by. I’ve never been one to journal or consistently write, but I’ve felt prompted to write these moments down. I want to be able to look back and see EXACTLY what HE was doing all along.

There will be much more to come as I continue to move through this season of putting down roots. It’s something I’ve never really done before. But oh, how sweet it is.

I pray that HIS will is done. That HE will be in each and every moment. In each decision. That HIS glory is revealed. In HIS timing.

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shine on us

Oh, how I’ve loved having a house full of people again.

Living alone, working alone, and finishing online classes was a little too much for this extravert to handle. While the down time was nice and the transition was needed, I was getting a little antsy not having other people to do everyday life with. It was the first time I had ever lived entirely on my own & I had reached my maximum capacity of solitude.

Now, I have a house that never sleeps, is always on the go, and full of laughs – and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I have two littles that keep me entertained and giggling all day as they dance around the house, throwing in a “baby yoga” pose or two along the way. It’s been a joy watching their “firsts” in America, and I love seeing the amazement on their faces as they experience something new.

So here’s to adventures and laughs and not enough sleep. To iced coffee and popcorn and lots of champagne. To the snuggles and meltdowns and the moments in between.

And speaking of adventures, here’s a glimpse of our little one today.

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